Springfield Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania

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Coordinates: 40°05′30″N 75°11′59″W / 40.09167°N 75.19972°W / 40.09167; -75.19972
Springfield Township
Township
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Montgomery
Elevation 276 ft (84.1 m)
Coordinates 40°05′30″N 75°11′59″W / 40.09167°N 75.19972°W / 40.09167; -75.19972
Area 6.8 sq mi (17.6 km2)
 - land 6.8 sq mi (18 km2)
 - water 0.0 sq mi (0 km2), 0%
Population 19,418 (2010)
Density 2,875.4 / sq mi (1,110.2 / km2)
Established 1681
Timezone EST (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code 215
Location of Springfield Township in Montgomery County
Location of Springfield Township in Pennsylvania
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States
Website: http://www.springfield-montco.org

Springfield Township is a township in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 19,418 at the 2010 census. It includes the villages of Wyndmoor, Erdenheim, Flourtown, and Oreland. The communities of Lafayette Hill, Fort Washington, Laverock, North Hills, Miquon, and Glenside are also partly inside the Township.

History[edit]

Detail of Thomas Holme's 1687 map of Pennsylvania, showing "Gulielma Maria Penns Manor of Springfield."

The Black Horse Inn, Carson College for Orphan Girls, Springfield Mill, and Yeakle and Miller Houses are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[1]

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 6.8 square miles (17.6 km²), of which, 6.8 square miles (17.6 km²) of it is land and 0.15% is water.

The township is bordered in Montgomery County by (clockwise from west) Whitemarsh Township to the west, Upper Dublin Township to the north, shares a corner with Abington Township to the northeast, and Cheltenham Township to the east. In Philadelphia, it is adjacent to Cedarbrook to the southeast (along Ivy Hill Rd.), shares a corner with East Mount Airy to the south (Stenton and Ivy Hill), and Chestnut Hill to the southwest (along Stenton Ave.)

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 5,541
1940 5,603 1.1%
1950 11,403 103.5%
1960 20,652 81.1%
1970 22,394 8.4%
1980 20,344 −9.2%
1990 19,612 −3.6%
2000 19,533 −0.4%
2010 19,418 −0.6%
http://www.dvrpc.org/data/databull/rdb/db82/appedixa.xls.

As of the 2010 census, the township was 83.6% White, 11.1% Black or African American, 0.1% Native American, 2.8% Asian, and 1.7% were two or more races. 2.4% of the population were of Hispanic or Latino ancestry [1].

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 19,533 people, 7,471 households, and 5,140 families residing in the township. The population density was 2,875.4 people per square mile (1,110.7/km²). There were 7,631 housing units at an average density of 1,123.3/sq mi (433.9/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 88.54% White, 8.31% African American, 0.13% Native American, 1.92% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.34% from other races, and 0.76% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.04% of the population.

There were 7,471 households out of which 29.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.9% were married couples living together, 8.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.2% were non-families. 26.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the township the population was spread out with 21.4% under the age of 18, 4.7% from 18 to 24, 25.8% from 25 to 44, 24.8% from 45 to 64, and 23.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 85.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.4 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $67,226, and the median income for a family was $79,749. Males had a median income of $53,651 versus $41,376 for females. The per capita income for the township was $32,628. About 1.3% of families and 3.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.1% of those under age 18 and 7.6% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Springfield Township School District serves the township.

Springfield Township High School is the district's sole high school.

Springfield Township Middle School is the district's sole middle school.

Enfield Elementary School is one of the district's two elementary schools, educating students from kindergarten through grade 1.

Erdenheim Elementary School is the second of the two elementary schools in the district, educating students from grades 2-5.

St. Genevieve's School Catholic grade school located in Flourtown, serving grades K-8

Mount Saint Joseph Academy is an all-female Catholic high school located in Flourtown

LaSalle College High School is all-male Catholic high school located in Wyndmoor

Free Library of Springfield Township provides free access to a large number of books, databases, and public computers, to every township and county resident.

Politics and Government[edit]

Presidential elections results
Year Republican Democratic
2008 33.8% 4,141 65.4% 8,009
2004 38.4% 4,614 61.3% 7,364
2000 40.5% 4,358 56.7% 6,109
1996 39.8% 4,128 51.8% 5,369
1992 39.5% 4,454 46.1% 5,197

The township is part of Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 154 (represented by Rep. Lawrence Curry)

The township is covered by Pennsylvania's 13th congressional district and is represented by Allyson Schwartz.

Locale[edit]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
Preceded by
Whitemarsh Township
Bordering communities
of Philadelphia
Succeeded by
Cheltenham